What to Expect If Your Child Needs A Filling

What to Expect If Your Child Needs A Filling

Jan 29, 2019

Statistics say that more than 40% of the children in the age between 2 to 11 develop cavities in their baby teeth. You may not be the only parent whose child has cavities. It’s always beneficial to practice optimum oral hygiene routine to prevent cavities, but once they are developed, you should get them filled without any delays.

Tooth Decay

Pediatric dentists say that eating sugary food does not directly cause decay, but when the food particles are left in the mouth due to lack of brushing and flossing, it attracts bacteria which further causes plaque. The acids in plaque weaken the enamel on the tooth with leads to tooth decay and cavities. If left untreated, it can become a severe infection which may need a tooth extraction.

Signs of Tooth Decay

  • Sensitivity and pain when a tooth is exposed to cold, sugar, or heat
  • Holes on the surface of the tooth
  • Black, brown, and white stains on teeth

Routine dental checkups can help in finding the early signs of tooth decay and suggest the required procedure accordingly.

Treating Cavities

Dentistry for children has evolved, and there are ways to ensure your child’s comfort such as dental sedation. Dental sedation has three types, nitrous oxide or laughing gas, oral sedation, and IV sedation. These sedation methods will make sure that children experience a comfortable dental filling session at the dental clinic.

Preventing Future Cavities

For preventing cavities in the future, the dentist may suggest fluoride treatments and advise using fluoride toothpaste. When the permanent teeth start growing, the sealants can be applied for protecting them from decay and cavities.

A brushing and flossing routine is the key to preventing cavities. Brushing twice a day with a soft bristled brush followed by flossing and a regular dental visit for cleaning is a must. Teaching your children proper oral hygiene at a young age will continue to benefit them as they grow up.